Heart-breaking moment starving dog with its muzzle bound by a plastic band.
Updated: Jul 13
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Heart-breaking moment starving dog with its muzzle bound by a plastic band tries to eat food off the street after escaping from meat vendors
The skinny dog was spotted trying to eat food on the street of Xi'an, China
His owner had bound its muzzle and planned to sell it to traders for its meat
The pet became a stray after running away while being taken to the vendors
A vet took it in and gave it surgery after spotting it walking past their store
A dog has reportedly been rescued after its owner bound its muzzle with a plastic band and tried to sell it to market vendors for its meat.
Heart-breaking footage shows the starving former pet struggling to eat food off the street with the tiny ring around its mouth after allegedly escaping on the way to the traders in China.
A pet shop took the animal in after spotting it walking past its doors, according to a report. It has given the dog surgery and is trying to find a new home for it, a worker said.
An animal lover said the dog's owner had decided to sell it for its meat because he had to move houses. She said the owner, a farmer, bound the pet's muzzle to prevent it from biting people
The dog was found on the street of Xi'an in north-western China last week, according to video news outlet Pear.
An animal lover, named Liu Aiwei, said the dog's former owner, a farmer, had decided to sell the pet to meat vendors because he had to move houses.
She said the man had tied up the dog's muzzle to prevent it from biting people on the way to the trading venue.
'The dog escaped halfway,' Ms Liu claimed.
She added that many animal lovers in Xi'an, including her, went out to look for the dog after hearing that a dog with its muzzle bound had gone missing.
An animal lover, named Liu Aiwei, said the dog ran away while being taken to dog meat traders. Ms Liu said many people in Xi'an went out to look for the dog after hearing about the news
The pet shop which found the dog said the animal's muzzle had been tied with a nylon band.
Recalling how he came across it, a worker told Pear: 'The dog passed my shop's doors quickly. I saw its mouth was wrapped with something.
'I caught it and helped it remove the cord.'
The worker said the dog was in stable condition following surgery, and the shop was trying to find a new owner for it.
A worker at a Xi'an pet shop said the dog was in stable condition following surgery. He said the shop was looking for a new owner for the dog after taking it in and giving it medical treatment
The tragic story reflects the flourishing dog meat trade in some parts of China.
China's central government in May signalled that it could ban canine meat from the dinner table after removing dogs from its official list of livestock.
However, the government is yet to issue an order to forbid the eating of dogs in the country.
The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs called for 'some traditional customs about dogs' to change in the country and stressed that dogs were 'companion, rescue and service animals'.
Two Chinese cities, Shenzhen and Zhuhai, have banned the eating of dogs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite those official moves and concerns over the spread of COVID-19, the Yulin dog meat festival, one of the most controversial food festivals in the world, opened on the summer solstice 'as usual' in the southern province of Guangxi, according to animal lovers.